BAFS and External Events


The British Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.

Next BAFS Event

The people versus Jack the Ripper

Michael Mulford

The British Academy of Forensic Sciences invites students from undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes to a special event aimed at building an inclusive student community with interest in forensic science and other related fields including biosciences, pharmacy, toxicology, law, war studies, psychiatry and psychology, criminology etc.  There will be a talk on “The people versus Jack the Ripper” with the opportunity to cast your vote, join in the Q & A session and finish with a reception to follow giving the opportunity to network.


Michael Mulford

Michael Mulford, who lives near St Andrews in Scotland, is a native of the city of Dundee and has held senior appointments in journalism, television and public relations. He was the first Crime Reporter in the history of “The Dundee Courier,” was a distinguished Parliamentary Correspondent of “The Scotsman” and Hansard shorthand writer before moving to Scottish TV in Glasgow.

His TV career saw him move from on-screen reporter and presenter to producer and director on the ITV network. As a Media Consultant he travelled widely in the old Eastern bloc teaching television production and journalism to students in post-Communist Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus and the People’s Republic of Moldova

Michael is no stranger to crime, having served a four-year sentence which saw him in every jail in Scotland as Head of Communications at the Scottish Prison Service. He also directed the official video record of the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist (pronounced as in “heist”) in The Netherlands. He later joined the UK Ministry of Defence as principle spokesperson for military Search and Rescue operations. 


Regular BAFS Events

BAFS Events

Friends' Dinner
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed. Some of the previous topics discussed at this event included the wrongful conviction of Barry George for the murder of Jill Dando, Child Sexual Abuse, the murder of Rachel Nickell, False Confessions, and the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Joint Events

BAFS and Clinical Forensic and Legal medicine section of Royal Society of Medicine
Date: Saturday 19 January 2019
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
CPD: Accredited

The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.

A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
Key topics:
  • How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How victims are affected by disasters
  • How psychologists manage victims of disasters
More information here

External Events

Afghanistan - The Increasing Narco-Threat

Date: 16th December 2021

Time:  12:00-13:15hrs GMT

Analytical Services International (ASI) are returning with a bang and a real pre-Christmas treat that you can attend from the comfort of your lunch hour. Their speaker will be beaming in from Perth, Australia via TEAMS and although you may well be suffering virtual event fatigue by now, you will definitely not want to miss this one.     

Dr Keith Norman ran the UNODC drugs laboratory in Kabul for over 4 years before leaving Afghanistan just before the Taliban reclaimed power.  Keith will explain the drugs landscape, his work in running a drugs laboratory in a guerrilla war zone and the increasing threat posed by the country's drugs production and trade under the new regime.  A well-informed eyewitness account and direct insight into Afghanistan's narco-economy that affects all interconnected countries on its vast trading routes and reach that include UK.

A fascinating and topical presentation that will reflect on the drugs trade before and after the shambolic exit of western military forces earlier this year.

To register please email

Previous BAFS Events

Mental health in police custody


Digital technology and crime in 2021; where are we now?

Episode 3

Digital technology and crime in 2021; where are we now?

Episode 2

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Do you see what I see?

What does the presence of GSR really mean?


INQUESTS: purpose and scope, preparation, procedure and conclusions

Joint BAFS - RSM Event: Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias: Sources and Expression

The multiple personalities of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Investigation, Evaluation & Review
Speaker: Jo Millington

The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics

Speaker: Dr Mark Spencer


Friends Dinner 2019: How did forensic science help identify Richard III?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

RSM & BAFS joint event 2018

Dr Richard Shephard, Professor Peter Vanezis, Dr Curtis Offiah, Professor Peter Gill, Mr David Heming, Detective Inspector Mark Richards and Master Evan Bell, 20/01/2018

AGM & Friends Dinner 2017 

James Hines QC and Dr Martin Hall,  01/11/2017

Forensic Investigation in Counter Terrorism

Sharon Broome, 30/11/2016

The Lund Lecture 2015

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, 04/10/2016

AGM & Friends Dinner 2016

Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman, 18/05/2016

Forensic Imaging: From Plates to Pixels

Nick Marsh, 21/01/2016

Investigating sudden unexpected death

Professor Richard Shepherd, Marta Cohen, Professor Robert Peckitt, Professor Mary Sheppard, Dr Safa Al-Sarraj, Professor Robert J. Flanagan, Dr Elijah Behr, Dr Jason Payne-James, Professor Robin Ferner, Dr Peter Dean, 16/01/2016

Ormrod Lecture 2015

Professor Robert J. Flanagan, 22/10/2015

Science and the Courts. Human Identification, Migration and Trafficking

Prof Robert J. Flanagan, HH Judge Jeremy Donne QC, Upper Tribunal Judge Mark Ockelton QC, Professor Cheryl Thomas, Mr Stuart Black, Mr Roger Baldwin, Dr Ann Priston, Mr Nick Marsh, Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Professor Michael Kopelman, Dr Sarah Majid, Dr Sarah Chin, Dr Michael Korzinski, 28/03/2015

Blood Pattern Analysis

Jo Millington, 15/01/2015

The Lund Lecture 2014

Professor Bob Peckitt 23/10/2014

Clozapine Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Dr James MacCabe, Professor Robert Flanagan and Professor Christoph Hiemke 28/06/2014


Ken Butler, 15/05/2014


Past Venues

Chapter Hall St John’s Gate


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